Upcoming Drinking Water-Related Regulations

Regulations in Process or Planned

  • Revised Total Coliform Rule: The draft regulation package is being prepared.  Follow this link for the draft revised total coliform regulation and more information about how to comply with the current State and Federal requirements.
  • Lead and Copper Rule: Draft regulation packages are being prepared for the State and Federal Lead and Copper Rules.  Follow this link for more information about the Lead and Copper Rule.
  • Cross Connection Regulations: Work on updating these regulations via development of a Policy Handbook is underway pursuant to Assembly Bill 1671 - http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB1671. The State Water Board will be seeking formal comment on the Draft Policy Handbook from the public, stakeholders and interested parties. Pursuant to AB 1671, two Public Hearings are required on the Draft Policy Handbook prior to consideration for adoption by the Board.

    In addition to the formal Public Hearings, we are holding a stakeholders workshop in advance of the publishing of the Draft Policy Handbook as follows:
    • Stakeholder Workshop: Thursday, February 20, 2020, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM;
      Sierra Hearing Room, Second Floor of the CalEPA Building, 1001 I Street, Sacramento 95812
      Webcast available at: https://video.calepa.ca.gov/
    Additional information and an agenda will be posted prior to the workshop. If you have any comments or questions, please send them to the Regulatory Development Unit at: DDWRegUnit@waterboards.ca.gov

    The current Title 17 California Code of Regulations are available at https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/drinking_water/certlic/drinkingwater/Lawbook.html

    At the workshop, the State Water Board is particularly interested in comments and suggestions on:
    1. Aspects of the current Cross-connection regulations that should be strengthened and revised to improve protection of public health
    2. Aspects of the current Cross-connection regulations that would provide public water systems with additional guidance, direction and/or authority to implement the program
    3. Suggestions for updating Table 1 in Section 7604 of Title 17 (current regulations) which establishes the minimum type of backflow protection required under various scenarios.
    4. Options for Regulatory Oversight/Accreditation of organizations that provide certifications of backflow device testers and specialists
    5. Options to address the provisions of Assembly Bill 1080 (2018) which require that the Policy Handbook include provisions for the use of a swivel or changeover device to supply potable water to a dual-plumbed system during an interruption in recycled water service. Title 22 currently requires an air-gap for this purpose.

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  (Page last updated 12/5/19)